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1 The Watch o n the Rhine The Official Publication of the Society of the Third Infantry Division, United States Army Vol. 88 No. 5 Nous Resterons La April 2007 Casing the Colors Our ceremony today symbolizes the beginning of a new chapter of our place in history. The heart and soul of the division reside in those colors that we cased....majgen Rick Lynch Soldiers with the 3rd Infantry Division s Headquarters formally marked the beginning of their redeployment to Iraq as Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, 3rd Inf. Div. commanding general and Command Sgt. Maj. Jesse Andrews, 3rd ID command sergeant major, case the division colors during a casing and retreat ceremony at Marne Garden, March 8. (Photos by Sgt. Tanya C. Polk) Marne 7 Steps Down Farewell from the Outgoing CSM Marne teammates, it has been a true honor and privilege to serve this division as your command sergeant major for the past 10 months. We have been through a lot together: Multiple changes of command; deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan; training center rotations; training exercises here at Fort Stewart; and a change in mission in order to support the plus-up of troop strength for Operation Iraqi Freedom. Everywhere you look, you ll find an increased OPTEMPO for our Soldiers and their families. As I ve had the opportunity to travel among the Marne Team, I ve been impressed with your dedication to duty and your steadfast loyalty to the divi- Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, 3rd Infantry Division Commanding Adapted 16 March, from Marne 6 Comments, Frontline, 1 Mar 07, p. 2A We are moving at an incredible pace. And I could not be more proud of this division. Everywhere you look, you see Soldiers and equipment on the move, training and deploying. In a matter of weeks the division headquarters will deploy on an accelerated timeline. The mission is critical and our task will have historic significance. A year from now we will reflect on these days and weeks and we will be proud that we accomplished a great feat in a short time. It is appropriate now to celebrate and make memories that will last a year and longer. Our division colors [were cased at a ceremony on 8 Mar] signifying our departure for Iraq and [we paused] to worship collectively at a spiritual luncheon. I want to take this opportunity to thank our neighbors who have expressed their love and support. Many have offered to embrace our families as their own in our absence. We will have peace of mind with the knowledge that our loved ones here will receive the support they deserve while we are away. ROCK OF THE MARNE! Register now for the 2007 Annual Reunion of the Society of the Third Infantry Division in Colorado Springs, Co.: Sept. 12th - Sept 16th! Form on page 9. Please turn to FAREWELL on page 5 What guides you? Stay on course with moral compass By Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, 3rd Inf. Div. Commanding General I believe that the most important piece of furniture in my house is my mirror. If I can be proud of what I see when I leave and when I come home then I am satisfied. Our officer corps is our Army s moral compass. I expect all officers to set the moral example for their units. You can find great officers in units that are doing the right things all the time. Please turn to GUIDE on page 5 Since 1919 The Oldest Continuous Army Division Association

2 The Watch on the Rhine The Watch on the Rhine is the official publication of The Society of the Third Infantry Division, U.S. Army. The Watch on the Rhine is published bi-monthly for members of the Society by Finisterre Publishing Incorporated, 3 Black Skimmer Ct., Beaufort, SC A subscription may be obtained at a cost of $15 by applying to the National Headquarters, The Society of the Third Infantry Division-U.S. Army, 10 Paddington Ct., Hockessin, DE Contributions and suggestions are welcome and should be sent to Cath Bacon, Editor, PO Box 7069, Hampton, VA Honorary President Honorary Vice President Editor* President Immediate Past President Active Duty Liaison* Secretary-Treasurer Eastern Region VP Committeeman Committeeman Central Region VP Officers & Staff * Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch Commanding General 3rd Infantry Division (Mech) CSM Jesse Andrews Division CSM Infantry Division (Mech) Cath Bacon PO Box 7069 Hampton, VA (757) Charles C. Trout Birchwood Dr. Huntington Beach, CA (714) Angelo Jim Tiezzi Hilton Head Dr. Ft. Myers, FL (239) (winter) (860) (summer) Dennis Noes Buckhead Trail Bryceville, FL (904) Raymond C. Anderson 10 Paddington Ct. Hockessin, DE (302) John Fisher 36 Alden Rd Paramus, NJ (201) Robert D. Bailey 160 Huguley Rd. Opelika, AL (334( Clyde E. Easter 299 Panorama Dr. Fancy Gap, VA (276) Jerome A. Manley 660 Marigold Terrace Fridley, MN (763) Committeeman Committeeman Western Region VP Committeeman Committeeman Historian Chaplain Judge Advocate Medical Officer Sergeant-at-Arms Webmaster / Database Manager* Edward Dojutrek 3303 Far View Dr. Austin, TX (512) Gordon Lowery 1523 Holiday Dr. Sandwich, IL (815) Michael J. Baker 801 Federal St #2145 Chandler, AZ (480) John B. Shirley 4218 Drake Way Livermore, CA (925) FAX: (925) Nile Stuart 1720 Elmsford Ave. La Habra, CA (562) Edward Dojutrek (see Committeman-Central Region) Jerome Daddato W 4150 Co. Rd. K Random Lake, WI (920) Jerry Kraft 710 Colorado St., Apt 5-C Austin, TX (512) FAX (512) Bae Suk Lee, MD 3151 Brinton Trail Cincinnati, OH (513) Henry H. Burke 1122 Palisades Circle Columbia SC (803) Richard W. Heller 1515 Ramblewood Dr. Hanover Park, IL (630) Website: Membership Chairman Audit Committee Nominations Committee Committees Angelo Jim Tiezzi Hilton Head Dr. Ft. Myers, FL (239) (winter) (860) (summer) David W. Mills 8059 E. Michelle Dr. Scottsdale, AZ (480) Robert D. Bailey 160 Huguley Rd. Opelika, AL (334) Constitution and Bulaws Committee Awards Committee & Scholarship Foundation Public Relations Committee John Shirley 4218 Drake Way Livermore, CA (925) FAX: (925) Lynn Ball 2010 Worcester Ln. Garland, TX (972) Carl Q. Topie 27 Apple Lane Milford, OH (513) Page 2 The Watch on the Rhine

3 President s Message Iask each of you to continually pray for the solders, and their loved ones, as the Third Infantry Division heads back to Iraq. The 1st Brigade has been there for months; the 3rd Brigade since March, the Combat Aviation Brigade will arrive in May, and the 4th Brigade in July. There was a prayer luncheon and a Division Colors casing ceremony in March that several of our Society members attended. Please continue your prayers as they are doing a great job for our country. They are the future of the Society! To ensure that every unit that has ever served as part of the Third Infantry Division will be properly recognized and represented, I have elected to establish a Communications Committee. This Communications Committee will be made up of representatives from all units of the Division. The purpose of the committee is to provide a means for each unit, through it s representatives, to communicate with the Society of the Third Infantry Division. There is so much history made possible by the many units of the Division and it is time that we recognize everyone of these units and the soldiers who made that history a reality. Our goal is to work for the betterment of each unit and the Society as a whole. The president, or head official(s) of each unit will select their respective representative. To date, the following units have selected representatives who will act as a liaison between their units and the president of the Society of the Third Infantry Division: Organization Representatives 7th Regt...Jim Beckworth, Leonard Collins 15th Regt...ED Dojutrek, Dave Adams, Tim Stoy 30th Regt... Carl Topie, Robert D. Bailey 65th Regt...Dr. George Bjotvedt, Anthony Mele 5th RCT...Jim Evans, Bill Kane OP Harry Survivors...Ray Anderson, Dick Martinet 10th FA...Ed Damaso, John Fisher I know there are many more organizations that must be added to the list. They include the 9th, 39th, and 41st Artillery Battalions, 3rd Reconnaissance Troop, 10th Engineering Battalion, 601st TD Battalion, and the 750 Tank Battalion. If you are aware of any units not listed, please me.i would also like to know the person or persons to contact who are considered the leaders of these units so as to identify representatives for their group. I want to be sure that every outfit, no matter how large or how small, no matter how many members, no matter when they served, is given the recognition at they deserve. At the reunion in Nashville, General Rick Lynch was asked what we can do for the troops, he replies, Let them know how much we appreciate what they are doing for our country! With this in mind, I am establishing a committee that will coordinate administer letters written by our Society members and sent to soldiers of the Division. I am currently working with the G 1 office and will inform you in the near future how you can take part. Another way to show support for the active soldier is to purchase a Gift Membership on their behalf. Not only are you helping the recruitment effort, but you may win the $250. as explained in the February Watch. Each time you recruit a new member, one Chuck Trout To ensure that every unit that has ever served as part of the Third Infantry Division will be properly recognized and represented, I have elected to establish a Communications Committee. more ticket is placed in a bucket, and the drawing will take place at the next reunion. Speaking of reunions, please join us this year in Colorado. The 2007 reunion will be held at the Sheraton Hotel in Colorado Springs, from September 12th through September 16th. The 2008 reunion will be held in Columbus, Georgia, from September 17th through the 21st. Thanks to the efforts of many, the 7th Regiment will be with us in Georgia next year. Several Outposts are doing an excellent job of notifying their member and collecting annual dues. It is important that all Outpost follow their example. Your usual cooperation is greatly appreciated. So many of us need to be reminded. You should have received your raffle tickets by now. What a great way to generate additional income. May I suggest that each of you take part in the raffle. Some outpost may want to purchase raffle tickets as a group and if they win, place the money in the outpost treasure. Last year only 30 percent of the members took part in the raffle. Let s do much better this year. I want to say congratulations to Alta Milling who became the first lady president of a Society Outpost in the United States. Way to go Alta! And by the way, as many of you know, you are ready this Watch thanks to two very devoted young ladies. Cath, who is still under care for her health, and Alta who has volunteered to assist her. Both have combined their efforts so our Watch is delivered on time. Thanks Ladies! Finally, I want each of you to read the bylaws amendments that are in this Watch. We urge everyone to send in their marked ballot as soon as you have time to study and vote for them. Even those who will be attending the reunion in September should vote by absentee ballot as well. May God continue to Bless America! Chuck (Chuck, we love the devoted YOUNG ladies part of your message! Cath and Alta) Attention Associate Members This year, for the first time, Associate Members will be allowed to vote for bylaw changes and in the election of officers. We encourage each Associate member to participate in elections this year. Think of it as if it is the 1920 change to our Nation s Constitution that gave women the right to vote and vote they did! Since an original ballot is required for your vote, you ll need your own copy of the Watch on the Rhine. If you don t get one, please contact Rich Heller at Rich will ensure that you get your own copy. The Watch on the Rhine Page 3

4 SITREP Active Duty Liaison It was a bright sunny day with just a slight breeze blowing across Marne Gardens as soldiers, veterans, visiting dignitaries, families, and fellow Society members, including Charles Murray (MOH), John Burch, Jim Decker, Henry Burke, Jim Beckworth, and members of the local Marne Riders gathered to watch the casing of Your Division s Colors for another deployment to Iraq. During MG Lynch s short speech, asked us to do three things while the Division is deployed: (1) keep them in your prayers (2) keep our Marne Families strong, and (3) join them in celebration when the duty is done. Don t worry sir, we will do all three as you and our Dogface soldiers go off to perform their mission and continue to add to the heritage of our 3rd ID. We look forward to welcoming you and the Marne men and women back from Iraq on the parade grounds of Cottrell field next year. A New Division CSM Though CSM Calpena had short tenure as the CSM of the Division, his impact on the NCO Corp and support of the soldiers will be remembered. We wish CSM Calpena a speedy recovery from knee surgery and the best of luck with his upcoming DA-appointed assignment. CSM Jesse Andrews, formerly the 3rd BCT s CSM and a fellow Society member from OP60 (Ft. Benning), is the new CSM and was appointed on March 8th. We know the soldiers from Sledge Hammer BCT will miss CSM Andrews, but at the same time he will be welcomed by all the soldiers of the Division. The Society wishes CSM Andrews a great career as the Marne Division CSM, and we look forward to hearing and supporting him with his new assignment. 3rd Brigade deploys to Iraq! During the last few weeks of March, Col. Wayne Grigsby, 3rd Brigade commander and a member of OP60, and Brigade CSM Pearson (formerly from 1-15th INF) deployed their Brigade to Iraq to join Col. John Charlton s 1st Brigade. After spending most of February at the National Training Center (NTC) enhancing their combat skills, they returned briefly to Ft. Benning to be with their families and to prepare the unit s equipment for shipment to Iraq, where they are supporting the Multi- National Division-West (MND-W). The 3rd BCT Sledge Hammer consists of the following units: 1-15 IN, 1-30 IN, 2-69 AR, 1-10FA, 3-3 BSTB, and 203 BSB. Other Marne Division units/brigades will be rotating to Iraq by early summer. Warriors Walk Dedication In a recent news article, it has been reported that there is only room for 72 more Eastern Red Buds to be dedicated along Warriors Walk. Let s hope and pray that we do not need to dedicate that many in the year to come, but no matter what, the Society will be there to honor the memory of a fallen Marne Soldier. Active-Duty Liaison As I write this article, I moved a little closer to Active Duty Liaison by raising my right hand and rejoining our Army as a member of Co C, 146 Signal BN, 83rd Signal Command, Florida Army Reserve National Guard. Though I was not able to return to my beloved primary combat job/mos: 13F, Field Artillery Support (Forward Observer) and be downrange with the Infantry; I was able to return to my other Army school trained MOS and one I do every day in the civilian world: 25B, Information Technology Specialists of the Signal Corp. In closing, I will be keeping in touch with the Division and Brigade Commanders and will ask if it is possible for them to provide a brief commanders report for my future reports. If you have any questions concerning the Division, your old unit, or how you would like to help a soldier or their family, please do not hesitate to contact me. Until next time, let s keep our Marne Soldiers in our thoughts and prayers as they head off to support Operation Iraqi Freedom. Rock of the Marne! Dennis Noes Henry Burke reported that General Webster was there and said we would have a grand time in Colorado in September. He was the Division Commander before General Lynch. He is assigned to NORAD in Colorado. 3rd ID Rock of the Iron Triangle On February 19, 2006, Alan Crane and other volunteers presented a display at the New England Air Museum, in Windsor Locks, CT., focused on the battle for Outpost Harry. The display consisted of Korean War uniforms, weapons, equipment, and personal effects as well as several display boards discussing the battle and it s significance. Over 300 visited the display including four survivors from the Outpost Harry battle. Alan provided the photos. Like the Third Division in WWI as the Rock of the Marne, The Third Division in the Korean War was the Rock of the Iron Triangle. Alan Crane, a 31-year-old son of a Korean War veteran, has been collecting Korean War memorabilia for years. He has been involved in setting up living displays in conjunction with numerous museums and state and federal agencies in the Northeast. Recently, he made contact with Third Infantry Division soldiers who served in Korea during the Korean War. His initial interest was directed toward uniforms and equipment used by the soldiers. In his research he found accounts about one of the final battles in which the Third Division was responsible for holding a critical piece of land to stop the Chinese all out attempt to seize the South Korean capitol of Seoul. Like the Third Division in WWI as the Rock of the Marne, The Third Division in the Korean War was the Rock of the Iron Triangle. Alan feels strongly about the sacrifices made by America s veterans, and his goal is to give people a better understanding of what their sons and daughters experienced by preserving and displaying the everyday artifacts they used and carried. If any veterans have any information or photographs they would like to share on their experiences in Korea, Alan would greatly appreciate receiving them. Contact information for Alan is: Alan Crane 19B Clancy Rd. Branford, CT Page 4 The Watch on the Rhine

5 GUIDE from page 1 Too often, officers try to win popularity contests with their Soldiers. If you are an officer, you are expected to live according to the highest standards of personal conduct and be morally fit at all times. Then and only then will Soldiers begin to emulate positive behaviors. Then and only then will they begin to take the character of a great unit and team. Above all else, Soldiers want to accomplish their mission. They expect that their leaders will not place others in a compromised position. They expect that their officer will do the right thing. Seeing this, they will afford trust and respect - the ingredients that cause men to follow leaders and win. FAREWELL from page 1 sion. Each brigade has successfully met the challenges of a rigorous training schedule in the past six months. You have truly lived up to the 3rd Infantry Division s reputation as a rock-steady fighting force, undaunted by adversity and more than ready to take on new challenges. We live in ever-changing times and we must quickly adapt to situations that require us to change course in mid-stride. Change is a way of life in the Army and we must be willing to make hard decisions when the time comes. That time has come for me and my family. As many of you know, last week I stepped down as Marne 7 due to health concerns. This was not easy for me to do, but it was necessary. Years of strenuous physical activity had taken their toll on my knees and unfortunately during surgery doctors discovered the damage was more extensive than they d originally thought. My recovery time would be much longer than expected. Our great medical team determined I would not be able to bear the weight of body armor or move as aggressively as I should in a combat environment. I quickly acknowledged the needs of the Division outweighed my own personal desire to go forward with you to the Iraqi theater of operations. We have all memorized the Army values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage. Some wear a small green tag next to their ID tags that reminds them of the words. Those of you who carry the Army values next to your body should pull them out and read them one more time. Do your actions equal the words? An officer must embody these values all the time. In combat there can be dire consequences for units that fail to abide to certain moral standards. You may have heard of the Chief of Staff of the Army s Soldier Rules. There I am truly excited about the choice of Command Sgt. Maj. Jesse L. Andrews Jr. as your next Marne 7. He has already given several years of devoted duty to the Marne Division as Hammer 7 with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team. He knows the Iraq area of operations inside and out; he has the right stuff to be your Command Sergeant Major as this Division returns to Baghdad and its surrounding provinces for the third time. I wish him the best and know he will get the same professional support I received from our leaders in the 3rd Inf. Div. If you, as the collective Marne team, put into action even one-half of the determined fighting spirit I ve seen on display in the last 10 months, there is no doubt you will succeed in your mission what s more, you will influence the course of events in Iraq. Historians will always remember the Marne Division as the warriors who made a difference in the Global War on Terrorism; and I will always remember my days as a part of this division with pride and as one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. Rock of the Marne! Command Sgt. Maj. John R. Calpena Rock of the Marne, March 15, 2007 are ten and each Soldier is obligated to follow these rules. Officers lead units that abide by the Soldier s rules. (1) Soldiers fight only enemy combatants. (2) Soldiers do not harm enemies who surrender. They disarm them and turn them over to their superior. (3) Soldiers do not kill or torture enemy prisoners of war. (4) Soldiers collect and care for the wounded, whether friend or foe. (5) Soldiers do not attack medical personnel, facilities, or equipment. (6) Soldiers destroy no more than the mission requires. (7) Soldiers treat civilians humanely. (8) Soldiers do not steal. Soldiers respect private property and possessions. (9) Soldiers should do their best to prevent violations of the law of war. (10) Soldiers report all violations of the law of war to their superior. I am proud to be a member of the Army s officer corps. I expect great things of my fellow officers. More importantly, our Soldiers and their noncommissioned officers expect their officer to be the moral compass for their lives. The next time you look in the mirror, will you see a moral compass looking back at you? ROCK OF THE MARNE! Dues Card Mailed in March Dues notices were mailed to all Annual members in March. Please pay your dues on the receipt of the dues card. Include the card with your check and fill out any change of information. You may fold the card to fit an envelope. Let s see if we can get everyone renewed before the June 30, 2007 deadline. There is a section on the card if you wish to make a donation to the National, Outpost, Memorial or Scholarship funds. Thank you. Rich Heller Roster Manager The Watch on the Rhine Page 5

6 Commentary Sergeant First Class Paul R. Smith Through his actions on the day of the Battle of Baghdad Airport, Smith showed courage and bravery above and beyond his call of duty, and it is for this reason that Sergeant First Class Smith is a hero. by Justin D. Valle Sergeant First Class Paul R. Smith is a hero. This is a fact solidified by a plaque hanging on the U.S. Wall of Heroes. The story of his brave actions inspires everyone to become a better person. On April 4, 2003, Sergeant First Class Smith was assigned to broach the wall of a compound belonging to Saddam Hussein s Republican Guard in order to gain a strategic position on the enemy. Once through the wall, Smith was ordered to make a temporary prisoner of war holding cell of the compound. During this time, Smith s unit was taking fire, but even in the face of danger, Smith risked his life to accomplish his appointed mission. Sgt. Matthew Keller another soldier who fought alongside Smith on the day of the conflict, stated, When we first got out there, we were taking a lot of indirect fire, rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) blowing up in the tops of trees and stuff. We were also getting some sniper fire.... However, Smith was not fazed by the impending danger surrounding him. After he and his team went to work on building the cell, approximately 100 Iraqi soldiers were spotted approaching the gates of the compound. Without regard for his own life, Smith leapt into action. According to Sgt. Keller, I remember when they saw the enemy; Sergeant Smith got two grenades and threw them. After that, in a continuing effort to protect his troops, Smith manned an RPG launcher and fired two rockets into the oncoming enemy forces. His attempts proved unsuccessful. He then manned a.50-caliber machine gun and continued his assault on the still approaching enemy forces. In the end, Smith had fired between 300 and 400 rounds of ammunition before Justin D. Valle being fatally wounded by enemy fire. As a result of Smith s bravery, he was able to prevent the enemy from overrunning his unit s position. In addition, he protected the Task Force s strategic position, and saved the lives of more than 100 of his fellow soldiers (according to his award citation). His actions went above and beyond his call of duty. He gave everything he had to defend his unit and save the lives of his fellow soldiers. Two years after his death, his heroic actions were recognized. On April 4th, 2005, President George W. Bush posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor to Sergeant First Class Paul R. Smith, the highest honor that any military member can be awarded. The Medal of Honor, according to the award presented to Smith s family, is awarded to soldiers, For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Through his actions on the day of the Battle of Baghdad Airport, Smith showed courage and bravery above and beyond his call of duty, and it is for this reason that Sergeant First Class Smith is a hero. Sergeant First Class Smith showed his courage in the face of adversity. Due to physical circumstances, I will never be able to serve in the United States Army. As a result, I will never be able to give as much for my country as Sergeant First Class Smith did. However, I can hope that, someday, my actions will make my family as proud of me as this country is of Sergeant First Class Paul Smith. Research information taken from: ndex.html _id_key=7087 Justin Valle is a senior at the University of Texas seeking a degree in Arts and Technology. Following graduation, he plans to work in the design industry as it relates to his major. Valle also holds an Associate of Science Degree from Richland College. Recruiting: Gift Memberships For those members who attended the Nashville reunion, you will remember an announcement was made that one of our members, Joe Tedesco of Outpost 5, made a Society Gift Membership to twenty (20) active duty soldiers of the 3ID at Ft. Stewart. Not only did he do this for the Society, but a short time ago he also made twenty (20) Gift Memberships to soldiers of the 15th Infantry Regiment stationed at Ft. Benning. Not only were the forty (40) Gift Memberships made, but they were each paid up for two (2) years dues. Wow! I am not suggesting that anyone do what Joe did out of the goodness of his heart for the 3ID, but I wish to suggest the following: If you can afford to make a check for $48 made payable to the Society to give two (2) active duty soldiers a Gift Membership for two (2) years, then please do it! If this is too much for your pocket book, then consider a Gift Membership of one (1) soldier for a two (2) year membership with a check for $24. If any of the above hurt your budget, then please consider a Gift Membership for one (1) soldier for a one (1) year membership at $12. Submit your gift choice between now and June 30, The two-year membership will be paid up until June 30, 2009 and the one-year membership will be paid to June 30, It is hoped that many of you will do this for the soldiers and all you need to do is to mail a check to Rich Heller for the proper amount made payable to the Society and he will then ask the 3ID CSM John Calpena to select the soldier(s) that will receive the Gift Membership(s). These new memberships will be counted in the Recruiting Contest program introduced by President Chuck Trout. We must support the active duty soldier in any way we can and this is one way of doing it. CG Rick Lynch is totally supporting the veterans of the Society and we need to do what we can to help his soldiers. So that you know that I am not just whistling Dixie and suggesting anything that I haven t done myself, I gave a Gift Membership for two years to Mrs. Birgit Smith, the wife of MOH recipient Paul R. Smith, a short time ago and I was pleased to do this for her. Jim Tiezzi, Membership Chair Page 6 The Watch on the Rhine

7 Guard tower keeps lookout, levels the field By Spc. Ricardo Branch, 1st BCT Public Affairs 3/5/07 RAMADI, Iraq - Operating in a guard tower in Ramadi can be the key to determine success in a firefight. With many of the new combat outposts in unsecured portions of the city, the guard tower can help save lives by turning the tide in a dangerous fight. Around 0400 the other day Sgt. Bailey and I were manning Tower 1 and Tower 2, which were the hot towers, when we came under fire from houses in our sector, said Spc. Damien Schaffer, Company C, 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry. He said scanning quickly and finding the source of gunfire attacking them is the deciding factor in any attack on their base. They were attacking our entry control point so the tank began firing back and we then pinpointed the vicinity where they were firing from and attacked with the 50 cal. and MK19, Schaffer said. You could see the tracers and bullets then flying around the towers and at the ECP but they weren t aiming very well. Schaffer and many of the Soldiers manning the tower credit their MK19, a fully automatic grenade launcher, as a deciding factor during pitched battles because of what it brings to the fight. Overall, the fire fight lasted maybe ten minutes because when you bring fire down on them with a MK19, insurgent attacks diminish quickly and they pretty much scatter away, he said. Although, daytime encounters are another matter for Soldiers who man the towers. During the day it s pretty much quick Anzio Beachhead Veterans 28th Annual Reunion Washington DC April 18-22, 2007 Contact: John Boller 1 Harbor North Amityville, NY (631) They will shoot at you from the direction of the other COP and hope that you will shoot high and next thing you know you got two outposts firing at one another,... Spc. Damien Schaffer, Company C, 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry shots because insurgents don t like to expose themselves real long for us to see them, but at night, it s more accurately aimed shots, Schaffer said. With the constant attacks, Soldiers manning the guard tower have to be careful during each engagement. You can tell where the fire is coming from, but insurgents will not come out in the open to attack you because they just fire from over buildings, Schaffer said. Basically, they are spraying and praying and trying to get you to fire in the direction of the other outposts in the area. They will shoot at you from the direction of the other COP and hope that you will shoot high and next thing you know you got two outposts firing at one another, so it s good to have cross talk between the COPs to prevent any incidents of fratricide. Schaffer s first firefight in Ramadi so far has been the most memorable. First night I was up here it was a fullfledged fire-fight, he said. You had tracers whizzing past both towers, and we had about seven or eight (Soldiers) up here helping us repel the attack by shooting at the houses where the gun fire was coming from. Despite the dangers, Soldiers like Schaffer are committed to manning their post because for them a situation can quickly arise if not enough fire is brought into a fight early against an attack on COP Falcon. They recognize the hazarrds, but Soldier on. Schaffer s said it was a way of helping the cause. It s important what we do here, he said. Not only are we keeping our buddies safe but up here we re also committing ourselves to the fight. 30TH INFANTRY REGIMENTAL DINNER Friday, September 14th, 2007 The 30th Infantry Regiment 16th annual regimental dinner will be held on Friday, September 14th, The dinner will be held during the reunion of the Society of the Third Infantry Division at the Sheraton Colorado Springs Hotel. There will be a no-host reception beginning at 5:45 p.m. followed by the dinner in our banquet room at 6:45 p.m. The menu will be a choice of (1) Chicken Cordon Blue: Tender Ham & Cheese Nestled Inside a Breaded Chicken Breast Topped with Chardonnay Veloute. OR (2) Grilled London Broil: Marinated & Grilled Tender Beef Topped with a Cabernet Mushroom Demi-Glace. Served with Garlic Whipped Potatoes and Buttered Broccoli Crown. Garden Fresh Salad with Cherry Tomatoes & Cucumbers. Fresh Dinner Rolls and Creamery Butter. Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee, Variety of Hot Herbal Tea, and Ice Tea. Dessert will be Truffle Fudge Delight Cheesecake - Three Layered White, Milk, & Dark Chocolates. The total cost will be $35 per person, which includes the gratuity and tax. In making your reservation, include your name, guest name(s), and choice of entrée(s). Also, please include your phone number or address. Please make your reservations by sending a check made payable to Society of the 30th Infantry Regiment to: Carl Q. Topie, chair, 27 Apple Lane, Milford, Ohio Phone: Dinner reservations and payment must be made prior to September 6th, Please, no walk-ins. The Watch on the Rhine Page 7

8 News From The Outposts 3 Lattie Tipton Columbia, SC Members met in Sandston, VA, March 2-4. Our host and hostess were Michael and Suzanne Crostic our newest Associate Members. Suzanne is the daughter of Buck Guard and Michael is Buck s son-in-law. Members of Michael and Suzanne s church honored us with a wonderful meal Friday evening. The rest of Buck s large family joined us. Our speaker for the evening was Colonel Turner of the Virginia Air National Guard. We learned about the Air Guard s history and its future. The Virginia Air National Guard unit, currently based at the Richmond Airport, will soon move to Langley Air Force Base our Watch editor s old hang out. We also learned that during World War II, the Commonwealth of Virginia was convinced that the Germans would bomb the US somewhere along the East Coast. The town of Sandston became what the locals call mannequin city. This city could be compared to fictitious army southeast of London commanded by Patton to make the Germans think the expected invasion would be at Calais. Saturday morning Bob Farrington, George Winders, Alta Milling, Don Hotz, Clyde Clapp, and Buck Guard met. We elected Alta as OP president perhaps the first woman veteran to command an OP. Ed Tickle was elected vice president he had agreed to this prior to the meeting. And Alta is still secretary/treasurer at this time. Michael and Suzanne have expressed an interest in helping out with those duties and we ll work on that. We ll meet in Columbia, SC, over Armed Forces Day weekend. We plan a memorial service for OP members who have made their final PCS. Alta Milling Buck Guard and family. Suzanne is on the left with her oldest of two sons. 12 Tommy Thompson Minneapolis, MN On May 5th and 6th O.P. #12 will hold its Spring membership meeting in Albert Lea, Minnesota at the Country Inn and Suites. Everyone who attended a meeting in the past year or two and all new members the past year will have received a flyer on the meeting the first week of April. To the rest of our O.P. #12 members who may wish to attend, please contact me by phone or as soon as you receive this April Watch. There are definite deadlines for both motel and dinner banquet reservations. They must be made prior to the first week in May as we cannot accommodate last minute walk-ins. Jerry Manley, O.P. #12 Sec./Trea 22 Albert Miceli Southern California Members of OP 22 dedicated their third memorial on March 17, Melissa Eiselein of The Press-Enterprise gave the event great coverage. The headline a large bold font read France to Iraq and included a photo of the monument. A fourth memorial is planned for an upcoming cemetery in Miramar. Martin Markley, Secretary-Treasurer 60 Fort Benning Columbus, GA Another great meeting held by Outpost 60 on Saturday Feb 17th in Phenix City. There were 28 members in attendance. This included three Sledgehammer Soldiers 3rd BCT Commander Col. W. Grigsby, his trusty CSM J. Andrews, and the operator for the slide projector Capt S. Hemmann. Col. Grigsby and CSM Andrews made a slide presentation to the members of OP 60. This was a very interesting presentation. We were not only briefed on the 3rd BCT training NTC, but what we could expect from the Sledgehammer Soldiers on their redeployment in March. There were lots of questions and both Col Grigsby and CSM Andrews replied to all. Everyone greatly enjoyed the very informative presentation. We discussed when and where we would hold our May OP meeting. As it stands for now, Col. Grigsby told everyone that there would be no problem with holding our meeting at the Gibson Dining Hall on May 5th. There would also be a Sledgehammer Soldier there to give us an up to date reporton the activities of the 3rd Infantry Divisions operations in Iraqi. One big reason for us to hold our OP meeting on the 5th of May is the Association of the 15th Infantry will be in Columbus that week. I am hoping that maybe, with the aide of John Burkes, that some of the members from the 15th will meet with Continued on page 13 Page 8 The Watch on the Rhine

9 YES!! Registration Form 88th Annual Reunion Society of the 3rd Infantry Division The 88th Annual National Reunion will be in Colorado Springs, CO on September 12th-16th, 2007, at the Sheraton Hotel. Phone for reservations. The cost will be $ a day with breakfast. More details will be published in the Watch as they become available. SIGN ME UP FOR THE SOCIETY OF THE 3RD INFANTRY DIVISION S 88TH ANNUAL REUNION!!! Name Outpost # Unit Check one or more: WWII Korea Cold War Gulf War Iraq War Peace Time Active Duty Address City State Zip Phone Name of your Guests Banquet Dinner Preference Beef Chicken Vegetarian Please list any special needs Emergency Contact Note: Registration fee must be paid by each person to attend other events except tours # of persons attending cost/person Registration fees x $25 = Sept 12th Presidential Reception x $39 = Sept 13th City & Garden of the Gods Tour x $38 = Sept 13th Flying W Chuckwagon Dinner Show x $40 = Sept 14th Air Force Academy Tour x $37 = Sept 15th Ladies Luncheon w/ Storyteller x $30 = Sept 15h Dinner Banquet x $42 = Sept 16th Memorial Breakfast x $15 = Note: If you are staying at the hotel please mark Free Total Enclosed = PAYMENT IS DUE NO LATER THAN AUGUST 12, 2007 Please send payments to the following address and made payable to: THE REUNION BRAT State Hwy 410 E Greenwater, WA (360) Confirmation of Registration and Itinerary will be sent out by August 25, A $20 per person cancellation fee will apply to all cancellations received within 30 days of the event. Cancellations received within 10 days of the event will be non-refundable. Call the Sheraton Hotel at no later than August 12, 2007 to make your hotel reservations. Be sure to mention you are with the 3rd Infantry Division Reunion to receive your group rate of $105 a night, plus tax, which includes a free breakfast buffet each morning. These prices are available 3 days prior to and after your event should you choose to extend your stay. We ll see you soon in beautiful Colorado Springs, Colorado!! The Watch on the Rhine Page 9

10 Looking for... Army Sports I m collecting information about organized Army sports during the 1950s through the 1960s. If you participated in organized sports during your time in service, I d like to know what sport and where you were stationed during those years. For instance, the 7th played football and basketball in Aschaffenburg from 1958 on as part of the Third Infantry Division. Thanks, Ed Plaisted, OP 2 Third 1203 Weeping Willow De Land, FL Camp Croft Training and Cold War Service I m working on two articles for the Watch. Perhaps you can help. World War 2 veterans, did you get any of your initial training at Camp Croft, South Carolina? If so, I d like to hear from you NEWS FROM THE 9TH FA Recently I was contacted by the commanding officer of 1-9FA, Ft.Stewart about their hosting a reunion for we 9th FA veterans. For those of you who don t know, the 9th. FA is part of the great 3 ID. We were part way into the planning when they announced that they had received orders for deployment. Through an exchange of s, the decision was made to postpone the reunion until a later date. However an alternate project developed in that we 9th Fielders who have and are willing to correspond with an active soldier in the 9th will be put in touch with that soldier. This will be a great opportunity to develop a good connection with the soldier in what he will be going through in getting ready to depart, his activities in Iraq, etc. From past reunions I have found that the active soldier is also interested in what you had to go through when you were in the Army. I have already received approval from several 9th vets to correspond with an active soldier. If there are other 9th. vets who wish to participate in this endeavor, please send me your address for my handling with the CO of the 1-9. I have numerous names and addresses of 9th vets who are not members of the Society, so I will be contacting them via phone calls or USPS to see if they are interested. The CO has also informed me that he will be sending me periodic battalion updates that we will be able to share with our vets. These should be very interesting. The contact that I have had with the CO and one of his staff has been very enjoyable and I look forward to further correspondence with them. Respectively submitted, Bruce Monkman, OP 22 via or snail mail. Photos would be great but are not required. Next I m collecting what I can find on my timeframe the Cold War. Since our country was fully involved in Korea and Vietnam, I don t need to explore those actions. But if you served during those actions elsewhere in the world, I d like to have what you re willing to share. It seems the term today is outside the wire but during the Cold War, troops were patrolling the trace in case the balloon went up. Alta Milling, OP Datura Rd. Columbia, SC th Engineers I m looking for any information on the 10th Engineers. I was in Kitzigen, Germany from Ty James (Sonny) Bright News and Notices Roster Addendum The Roster Addendum in the February issue of the Watch on the Rhine included only those members who joined the Society during Members who joined prior to January 2006 were included in the roster that was published and mailed in January We re sorry we confused some of you. Bailey Kudos Congratulations to Bob Bailey for now having sponsored three Gift Memberships to date for the 3ID active duty personnel. We are looking for more Society officials and Staff to add to the 38 Gift Memberships that have been made as of this last report. Joining Forces The 3rd Quartermaster Company and 9th Field Artillery Battalion have scheduled a reunion in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee on May Contact Robert Lane (OP 7) at for detailed information or me at Watch Schedule The Watch is your magazine. But the editor needs your help to keep it at the top of its class. Here is the schedule for each issue: Deadline to the Editor Publication January 10th...February March 10th...April May 10th...June July 10th...August September 10th...October November 10th...December Page 10 The Watch on the Rhine

11 Off the Shelf Outpost Kelly: A Tanker s Story Jack Siewert, LTC USA (Ret.) Outpost Kelly: A Tanker s Story is an excellent account of the three-week battle as viewed through the eyes of a Tank Platoon Commander of the 64th Tank Battalion was published by The University of Alabama Press in Oct Jack Siewert, LTC USA (Ret.) has added yet another chapter to the many small unit actions that would be largely forgotten if not for the foresight of men like him. According to the UAP press-release, one of the things that makes this story so unique is the relative scarcity of detailed descriptions about the hill-fighting that characterized the last two-thirds of the Korean War. During the battle for PO Kelly, UN and Chinese forces fought ferociously for four days in July Then Lt Siewart s orders were to provide direct fire support for advancing infantry while taking advantage of armor s inherent advantage of mobility. But the mountainous terrain and torrential monsoon rains force Siewert to abandon Army doctrine and improvise. Because of this decision, although Siewert was able to bring only one of his five tanks guns to bear against the enemy, his unit played an important role in allowing the 15th Inf Reg t to retake OP Kelly. In my opinion, the battle is very important when viewed from the overall perspective of the FORGOTTEN WAR. It will bring back memories to the many who took part in the action as it describes there taking of the Outpost by the 1st and 2nd Battalion of the Regiment. A fine book and must read for all of the Korean War Veterans of the 15th Regiment. Outpost Kelly is available from The University of Alabama Press and also from Amazon.com. Submitted by Ed Dojutrek-Historian Society of the 3rd Infantry Division The Perimeter By James R. Lawson VA Medical Center, Mountain Home, TN. Many of you will understand this. The Perimeter, in the infantry, is a circle of men. It is half a squad, platoon or company. One half is on guard, staying vigilant, watching for the enemy, while the other half rests, sleeps and carries on with life as it is. They are more than just men; they are a brotherhood in uniform. They share their plans, dreams and hopes with each other. In hard times, they share their sadness, fears and pain. They face the enemy together, some like brothers, others like fathers and sons, and always as true friends. They find a spirit in each other than binds them to one another in a bond that lasts forever. As time passes, they will leave the service and each other. They will travel many different paths of life, some to prosper well and others not so well. Somewhere in life s travels, these men find themselves lost in the world, confused, dazed, scared, unhappy and searching for something; something they are not even sure exists. They are not soldiers anymore, they are called veterans. The Men of the Landing-Anzio-Nettuno 1944 Silvano Casaldi Silvano Casaldi, the curator of the Museum of the Allied Landings, Nettuno, Italy, author of several books about the Anzio-Nettuno Beachhead, and friend of many 3rd Infantry Division veterans has written a new book entitled, The Men of the Landing-Anzio-Nettuno I purchased a copy, read it, and found it very informative and interesting. He has written an interesting history of the landings with many, many photographs. In addition, he included the personal stories of about 200 veterans, mostly American, but a few English, German, and Italian soldiers. They recount some personal memories of fighting and existing on the Beachhead. There is a picture of each veteran. The British Military Attaché in Rome wrote the following comments, In this book we see war from a viewpoint of rare immediacy: that of young soldiers and junior officers who participated in the Anzio-Nettuno landings and the fighting prior to the liberation of Rome in 1944, and who recount here their experiences, their thoughts, and their feelings at the time. The campaign seen from this ground truth perspective makes an uncommon and fascinating read. Those interesting in purchasing this book may send a personal check for $50 to Silvano Casaldi, Via Romana Nettuno (Roma) Italy. I am confident military historians, veterans of this Italian campaign, and all who are interested in what we ask of our young soldiers in war will appreciate this book. John Shirley 15th Infantry Regiment in Italy The Perimeter is a place warriors will always seek - even for eternity. Somehow, in their search, they once again find others like themselves. They find brothers of the past, brothers of the Perimeter, that circle of safety, where someone else shares their pain, their confusion and their fear. That Perimeter where that fear is eased, where there is less confusion. They share each other s pain in stories, in tears and in silence. Inside the Perimeter, eye contact can say it all. This Perimeter is a circle of life and a circle of death; it is a circle of wounded warriors, with wounds of both flesh and spirit. This Perimeter is a circle of iron that has never broken. It is a circle of common duty that knows no color, no creed and no religious ground. The circle will last forever, through the best of times and the worst of times. The Perimeter is a place warriors will always seek - even for eternity. Just gaze out at our national cemeteries. For out there, on the outer edge, ever so vigilant, are those on the Perimeter. The Watch on the Rhine Page 11

12 News From Veterans Affairs 23 More VA Vet Centers Coming Week of February 19, 2007 The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) vet center program, which provides readjustment counseling and outreach services to combat veterans, is expanding into 23 new communities across the nation in the next two years. New vet centers will open in Montgomery, Ala.; Fayetteville, Ark.; Modesto, Calif.; Grand Junction, Colo.; Orlando, Fort Myers, and Gainesville, Fla.; Macon, Ga.; Manhattan, Kan.; Baton Rouge, La.; Cape Cod, Mass.; Saginaw and Iron Mountain, Mich.; Berlin, N.H.; Las Cruces, N.M.; Binghamton, Middletown, Nassau County and Watertown, N.Y.; Toledo, Ohio; Du Bois, Penn.; Killeen, Texas; and Everett, Wash. during 2007 and All vet centers provide counseling on mental health and employment, plus services on family issues, education, bereavement and outreach, to combat veterans and their families. National Veterans Golden Age Games Week of February 19, 2007 The National Veterans Golden Age Games are the only national multi-event sports and recreational seniors competition program designed to improve the quality of life for older veterans. Activities include swimming, bicycling, golf, shot put, discus, 10-meter air rifle, table tennis, dominoes, shuffleboard, horseshoes, nine-ball, bowling, checkers and croquet. Each event has seven age categories for participation. Veterans with visual impairments and those who use wheelchairs may also compete in the visually impaired or wheelchair divisions at the annual event. Registration for the National Veterans Golden Age Games is now open online at The final day to register is June 1, New Resource for Veterans With Mesothelioma Week of February 19, 2007 A new website was debuted recently that is designed to help veterans with Mesothelioma gain Veterans Administration benefits. VAclaim.org is a free service to veterans and also includes a national, toll-free telephone number that veterans can all anytime For more information, visit the website. VA Reopens Prescott National Cemetery Week of February 19, 2007 Veterans in central Arizona can now be buried at Prescott National Cemetery with the opening of a columbarium for cremation inurnments. The new columbarium provides a burial option to nearly 27,000 veterans and their dependents who were not served by an open VA national or state veterans cemetery. The $2.4 million columbarium wall on the western side of the cemetery provides 3,000 niches for cremated remains. Infrastructure improvements, including a road, sidewalks, irrigation and landscaping, were also made at the cemetery. Information on VA burial benefits can be obtained from national cemetery offices, from the Internet at or by calling VA regional offices toll-free at VA, States Partner to Help Injured Veterans Week of February 19, 2007 The Department of Affairs (VA) announced the expansion of a collaborative outreach program with all states and territories to help severely injured servicemembers receive benefits when they move from military hospitals to VA medical facilities in their communities. Called State Benefits Seamless Transition Program, the initiative involves VA staff located at 10 Department of Defense medical facilities. They will identify injured military members who will be transferred to VA facilities. VA staff will contact state veterans affairs offices on behalf of the veterans. The state offices, in turn, will contact the veterans to inform them about state benefits for them and dependent family members. To find career resources for the severely injured, visit the Military.com Severely Injured Career Center. Veterans Seek Fort Ord Cemetery Week of February 19, 2007 Veterans in California are stepping up their efforts to raise money for construction of a long-planned cemetery on old Fort Ord property. At least $4 million is needed to move ahead with a grant application for federal construction of the cemetery, according to the Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Foundation. The group has collected more than $50,000 so far. A cemetery on the old Fort Ord property would reduce travel time for the survivors who want to visit their loved ones graves. Currently, the closest veterans cemetery is a two-hour drive away. For more information, visit the Central Coast Veterans Cemetery Foundation s website. Retail Pharmacy Use Targeted Week of February 19, 2007 Defense officials are weighing new initiatives to limit access to the TRICARE retail drug network, particularly for older beneficiaries who are using neighborhood drug outlets to get their maintenance medications. The Department of Defense wants to drive a larger proportion of 6.7 million TRICARE pharmacy users into the mail order program, which is far more efficient. Prescriptions filled by retail outlets cost TRICARE about 40 percent more than drugs obtained by mail. For more information, read the article on the Military.com website. Uniformed Services Family Health Plan Week of February 19, 2007 The Uniformed Services Family Health Plan (USFHP) is a TRI- CARE Prime option available to active-duty dependents, retirees and retiree family members through not-for-profit health-care systems in six areas of the United States. By using USFHP you get the TRICARE Prime program benefits, plus premium advantages and features at no extra cost. For information about eligibility, visit the USFHP website and the TRICARE website. You may enroll in the USFHP at any time during the year by completing an application for the provider in your area. To download an application and learn more, please visit the USFHP website. To learn more about TRICARE, visit benefits/tricare. Page 12 The Watch on the Rhine

13 No Help on TRICARE Hikes Week of March 12, 2007 Representing more than 30 service associations, The Military Coalition (TMC) leaders appeared before the congressionally-created task force like a steel wall of opposition to plans to raise TRICARE fees, co-payments or deductibles. Their new theme for deflecting higher fees is that retiree premiums have been paid in full by retirees through decades of arduous service and sacrifice. Five coalition witnesses presented now familiar arguments for rejecting higher fees, including that Defense officials have failed to act on a host of alternative cost-saving moves. But the coalition also had new arguments. Joseph L. Barnes, the other TMC co-chairman and National Executive Secretary of the Fleet Reserve Association (FRA), presented five healthcare cost principles the coalition supports. Rick Jones, legislative director of the National Association for Uniformed Services, a coalition member, put the task force itself on the defensive, citing widespread concern that it had been hand selected by Defense officials to endorse steep TRICARE fee increases. To learn more about this issue, read the full article at Military.com Panel Vows Broad Examination of Military Hospitals Week of March 12, 2007 The Bush administration must examine all military and veterans hospitals to see where the system has failed, one of the leaders of the presidential commission to investigate the problems said Sunday. President Bush last week announced he had ordered a comprehensive review of conditions at military and veterans hospitals, which have been overwhelmed by injured troops from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The review came in the wake of disclosures of poor outpatient health care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, one of the nation s premier facilities for wounded members of the military. Co-chairman Bob Dole, the former Kansas senator, said more money may not be the answer. We want to take a look and see where the problems are and see if it can be fixed. It may not need more money, he said. It just may need clarification or somehow better coordination between the Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration OUTPOSTS from page 8 us and have lunch before they have to leave. John was going to look into to see what comes up. Let s hope some of the guys from the 15th will hang around. Our OP meeting will start at 1100 hours EST at the dining hall. If you plan to attend the May meeting on the 5th, please let me know either by sending a postcard or ing me at If you use the method, make sure that you type OP 60 MEETING in subject line Following the meeting, we had three door prizes for a free meal of your choice. The three members who won the free meals gave their tickets to Col Grigsby, CSM Andrews, and Cpt Hemman. During this meeting, we signed up a new member for OP 60 Cpt Steven Hemman! We welcome you Cpt Hemman to the Society of the Third Infantry Division and Outpost 60. Bob Bailey, Sec./Treas. OP 60 BURY ME WITH SOLDIERS I ve played a lot of roles in life; I ve met a lot of men, I ve done a lot of things I d like to think I wouldn t do again. And though I m young, I m old enough To know someday I ll die. And to think about what lies beyond, Beside whom I would lie. Perhaps it doesn t matter much, still if I had my choice, I d want a grave amongst Soldiers when at last death quells my voice. I m sick of the hypocrisy, of lectures of the wise. I ll take the man, with all the flaws, who goes, though scared, and dies. The troops I knew were commonplace. They didn t want the war. They fought because their fathers as their fathers had before. They cursed and killed and wept God knows they re easy to deride But bury me with men like these. They faced the guns and died. It s funny when you think of it, the way we got along. We d come from different worlds to live in one where no one belongs. I didn t even like them all. I m sure they d all agree. Yet I would give my life for them. I know some did for me. So bury me with soldiers, please, though much maligned they be. Yes, bury me with soldiers, for I miss their company. We ll not soon see their likes again. We ve had our fill of war. But bury me with men like them till someone else does more. Franklin E. Cole Co B, 1st Bn, 69th Armor Vietnam The Watch on the Rhine Page 13

14 Meals Ready to Eat (MRE s) Fine Dining in the Field For your dining pleasure we have the following C-Ration selections: Please note that all meals are available for carry-out at no additional charge Entrees Meatballs and beans - Your own mother never made anything like this. Fresh ground beef, lightly salted and boiled white beans in a thick and hearty tomato sauce will satisfy the appetite of even the hungriest hero. Beans and franks - A childhood favorite comes of age. Hot dogs and beans in a light tomato flavored broth, ready to be eaten hot or cold. Ham and eggs chopped - farm fresh eggs and ham from the finest farms in the Midwest blended together to give you a breakfast sensation you will never forget; available for dine in or carry out. Ham and lima beans (mothers) - this taste sensation was developed by our chefs for only the discriminating palate. Ingredients include only the finest Virginia hams and lima beans picked at the peak of the season. A delight you will remember always. Beefsteak potatoes and gravy - Kansas beef, Idaho potatoes, and savory farm gravy combine to bring a nostalgic rural atmosphere to your dining table. Tastefully served in our color coordinated dinnerware. Beef, sliced - Thick, man sized slices of corn fed beef in natural juices prepared for your enjoyment. Ham, sliced - The finest cuts of the ham lightly salted and ready for your pleasure. Boned Chicken - Tender cuts of chicken resting in a light broth, seasoned to perfection. Turkey, boneless -Thanksgiving everyday? You bet!! Just order this blend of light and dark meat resting in a lightly seasoned broth. Chicken noodle soup - A favorite of millions and a traditional recipe of diced chicken, fresh pasta noodles and a rich broth blended together to please any palate. Spaghetti - Italian food was never like this! Our chef risked life and limb to sneak his secret recipe out of that noble country. So manga and enjoy. Ante Pasta Assorted cheeses - Mildly aged cheeses of assorted flavors tastefully served in decoratively colored individual containers. Bread - So fresh you will think it is home made. Served in its own festive container. Crackers - A traditional favorite of young and old alike. That satisfyingly crunchy delight. Fruits Apricots - Tart and tangy. Prepared in a heavy syrup. Great alone or when served with our pound cake. Pears - Ripe and sweet and always in season. Rushed fresh from the orchard to your table. Fruit cocktail - A delight to the eye and a pleasure to the palate. This medley of assorted fruits will please even the pickiest of diners. Pineapple- Hand picked Hawaiian pineapple chunks covered in their own natural juices. Peaches - Fresh from the tree to you, this treat swims in its own sweetened sauce of sugar and water. Dessert Trolley Cookies - Freshly baked and sandwiched around delicious butter crème. Vanilla candy - Made with fresh vanilla beans and hand dipped in delicious dark chocolate. Chocolate candy - Two foil wrapped discs of milk chocolate laced with roasted almonds. Coconut candy - A firm patty of coconut dipped in dark chocolate. Chocolate fudge - A chocolate lover s dream come true. Homemade fudge dipped in dark chocolate. Your grandmother never made anything like this!! Date nut roll - A food from the gods. This mixture of chopped nuts, cinnamon, sugar and baked dough will please all who choose this fine selection. Pound cake - This cake is delicious alone or when eaten with our fine selection of fruit. Fruitcake - This holiday favorite is now available year round. A wonderful blend of candied fruits and spiced cake, baked to perfection. Tropical chocolate bar - (ka-bar not included)-guaranteed not to melt at any temperature. This treat will give you hours of pleasurable nibbling. Sundry Items P-38 - limited supply, so first come first serve. Can t open your entree without one!!! Spoon - Our finest cutlery is always available to our regular customers Chewing gum - In a hurry and can t brush or floss. We have the answer. It is our pleasure to contribute to your health and well-being. Toilet paper - For those of delicate sensibilities, we have prepared this Sweet roll for those inopportune moments that we all must occasionally face. Assorted cigarettes - Especially for your after dining pleasure. These are available in our smoking lounge. Matches - Available also in our smoking lounge. Thoughtfully provided for our clientele. Your every wish is our command. Salt - That condiment which man cannot live without. Packaged individually for your convenience. Pepper - Optionally available if sent from home. Tabasco sauce - Also an optional spice if sent from home Heat tablets - To warm up your food at those pleasant picnic outings. Beverage Selection Water (purified) Water with halazone Water without halazone Water from stream Water from rice paddy Swamp water - (with natural fragrances) Milky looking water Pre sweetened Kool Aid Wyler s orange, lemon or cherry flavored powder with your water Soda - ( Sorry, none arrived from the rear) Beer - (Sorry, none arrived from the rear) Warm 33 beer - (Only if near a ville) (extra charge for chilled beer) Enjoy! Page 14 The Watch on the Rhine

15 2007 Constitution And By-laws Amendments Ballot Below you will see your ballot. Please remove it from the Watch, fill out the ballot, print your name, sign your signature, write the date of your voting, and mail it the Chair of the Constitution and By-Laws John Shirley 4218 Drake Way Livermore, CA Cut off date to receive back ballots is July 15, 2007 PLEASE NOTE: You are urged to vote by mail even if you plan to attend the national reunion and membership meeting. It will take time to read the measures and vote. You will have much more time to do that at home than during the membership meeting. I realize it makes it difficult when you do not have a copy of the Constitution and By-Laws. I have tried under comments to give you some idea of the thinking of our committee and the Executive Committee, and the reasons for the amendments. If you have questions, you would like me to answer, please phone me at With best wishes to all, John Shirley, Chair. C and BL Committee OFFICIAL BALLOT FOR 2007 CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS AMENDMENT VOTING Please remove this page from the Watch to record your approval or disapproval of the amendments. After you have recorded your vote, please print your name, write your signature, and date the ballot and mail it to the Constitution and By- Laws Chair: John Shirley, 4218 Drake Way, Livermore, CA Cut off date to receive back ballots is July PROPOSED 2007 AMENDMENTS ARTICLE II 2.6 approve disapprove ARTICLE III 3.6 approve disapprove approve disapprove ARTICLE IV 4.1 approve disapprove ARTICLE V 5.1 approve disapprove 5..2.b approve disapprove 5.4 approve disapprove 5.5..a approve disapprove SECTION IV 4.2.d approve disapprove SECTON VI 6.1 approve disapprove 6.3.a approve disapprove 6..3.b approve disapprove 6..3.c approve disapprove 6.4.b approve disapprove 6.6 approve disapprove SECTION IX 9.2.a approve disapprove 6.2 approve disapprove ARTICLE VII 7.1 approve disapprove ARTICLE VIII 2.3 approve disapprove 2.4 approve disapprove 8.1 approve disapprove NAME (PRINT) SIGNATURE DATE The Watch on the Rhine Page 15

16 Proposed Constitution And By-Law Changes Society Of The Third Infantry Division ARTICLE II. Add the following to Objectives the Society: 2..6 To support the members and their families with appropriate service activities as deemed feasible by the Executive Committee. Comment This an addition to the Objectives to give us some latitude on service projects. ARTICLE III Remove and substitute 3.6 Eligibility for Honorary Membership: Remove As granted by the Executive Committee and insert the following: Honorary Membership may be conferred by the Executive Committee to a non-member of the Society for exceptional service to the nation, military or Society of the Third Infantry Division, Former members of the Society of the Third Infantry Division who have resigned due to health or other legitimate reasons will be eligible for consideration for Honorary Membership. Comment: There has been some question who is eligibile for Honorary Membership. This will limit the selection to non-members of the Society. If you feel members should be allowed to be Honorary Members, you should oppose. Add 3.62 The Command Sergeant Major of the active division shall be accorded the status as the Honorary Vice President of the Society of the 3rd Infantry Division. Comment: In 2006 we took this step as an Executive Committee, and now this will make it a permanent appointment of the Society. ARTICLE IV Remove and substitute 4.1 in the by-laws is removed and the following is added in its place: by the Executive Committee Comment: The by-laws were changed to allow the Executive Committee to set the dues and, if approved, this section will be consistent with an amendment last year to let the Executive committee set dues. ARTICLE V 5.1 add Only voting by written ballot is allowed. Comment. This article pertains to voting at by members, 5.2.b. Appointed Officers: Add Quartermaster(s), Active Division Liaison, and Web Master- Data Base Manager Comment: We now appoint the Web-Master and Data Base Manager as well as the division Liaison. We have not appointed a Quartermaster(s), but we are planning to do that in the near future. The duties of the appointments are found in the SOP. Approval will formalize existing procedures. 5.4 Regions: Add Puerto Rico and Europe to the Eastern Region. Section V: Duties of Officers Present Reading 5.5.a As Secretary, acts for the Executive Committee in announcing meetings, maintaining Society records, conducting correspondence, making reports, and controlling and supplying Society property. Add the following to 5.5.a The Society Secretary/Treasurer shall appoint and chair a committee each three-year period to research, evaluate, and make recommendations on the performance of our current publisher of The Watch on the Rhine and all other printed Society publications. The committee shall not be restricted in size but cannot be composed of a majority of members of the Executive Committee. The Watch on The Rhine editor shall serve as counsel to this committee. The Committee shall meet for discussion no less than every three years after this proposal is enacted. Meetings by mail, phone, or shall be authorized. Committee actions, with recommendations, shall be forwarded to the Society President for a final decision. If the performance of our current publisher is deemed unsatisfactory, the President shall direct that the committee secure bids from competing publishers pending further action. Replace existing 6.2 with the following: 6.2 National Roster. The National Roster will be printed at least once every three years, but can be printed more often. Supplements of new members can be printed, if the Executive Committee votes to do so. All new member information will be printed in the WATCH in the ROLL CALL section. All new members will receive a copy of the National Roster. The Roster is for membership use only and will include the following information about each member: Name, Address, Unit, Rank and Outpost. The Executive Committee is free to determine how the Roster will be printed, paid for, and distributed. Comment: This amendment will remove making a supplement compulsory on years the roster is not printed. These changes reflect new thinking about the use of supplemental rosters, the frequency of publishing the roster, and the costs involved. ARTICLE. VII 7.1 Add at the end of 7.1 the following: Only voting by ballot is allowed. Comment 7.1 states the members can amend bylaws. This change says the voting will be by a printed ballot. If this passes there will no longer be a vote on Bylaws and Constitution changes at the annual meeting. All members will use a ballot printed in the Watch. ARTICLE VIII By-laws Section II Annual Reunion-Convention 2.3: Delete Present Reading and see rationale Present Reading 2.3 Voting Privilege. Regular and Associate members in good standing are entitled to one vote. All active duty members of the Third Infantry Division, U. S. Army, attending the Annual Page 16 The Watch on the Rhine

17 Reunion/Convention as personal representatives of the Commanding General and are members of the Marne Association are entitled to one vote each. By written ballot. Rationale for Deletion: Only votes by mailed ballot are valid on published issues 2.4 Ballots Substitute the existing 2.4 with the following: Only ballots may be used in the election of national officers and amending the Constitution and Bylaws. All members may use ballots. The Constitution and Bylaws Chairperson and/or Nominations and Elections Chairperson will have the official ballots published in The Watch on the Rhine at least sixty (60) days before the annual meeting and thirty (30) days before any special meeting. Members using a ballot must legibly print their name, then sign and date the ballot attesting they are a member in good standing and mail the completed ballot to the appropriate chairperson. That chair with the national secretary-treasurer will verify membership, count votes and prepares reports for the meeting. The secretarytreasurer is responsible for recording the ballots and will have them available for review at meetings. Only ballots published in The Watch on The Rhine will be valid and may not be reproduced in any form except by the Election Chair who can on request of members, copy the ballot, certify the copied ballot as an Official Ballot and mail it to the person making the request. The request for the copied ballot must be justified, such as a lost Watch ballot, destroyed issue of the Watch or other situations necessitating the use of a copied ballot, which is determined to be justified by the Election Chair. Comment: Approval will change our method of voting to printed ballot in the Watch 8.1 delete and by-laws Comment: This article pertains to amending the Constitution and not the Bylaws. Bylaw amendments are covered in another section, SECTION XII. also add to 8.1 Only voting by ballot will be allowed. If the members approve to vote by written ballot several articles need to reflect this change. SECTION IV 4.2.d. Written complaints and/or charges against a Society member shall be referred to the Executive Committee for prompt consideration. ADD THE FOLLOW- ING: At the same time a copy of the complaint and/or charges shall be sent to the Society member so charged, along with the name of the complainant. Comment: This is only fair to the person being charged SECTION VI 6.1 Substitute the word April for the word, June Comment: this will be the date for the publication of the C and BL amendments calling for a vote. The delivery date of the WATCH across the nation is not consistent. Some members do not receive the watch until three weeks after the due month. A June publication of the Bylaw changes is sometimes too late in the year to get back votes and tally them by the time of the reunion.6.3.a Change the dates when nominations of officers are due from Feb. 1 to April 23 to: January 1 to April 23. Comment Election of officers will remain in June Watch 6.3 Nominations and Elections. Delete and replace 6.3.c New Reading During the Business Meeting at the Annual Reunion, The Nominations Chair will announce nominees for each office and report the results after tabulating the valid mailed ballots. Only the names published on the mailed ballot will be deemed to be Society nominees. If nominations were not made for an office, or unusual circumstance determined by the Judge Advocate and there is not a published nominee for an office, nominations may be made from the floor and voting will be held at the membership meeting. 6.4.b Awards Committee Following awards at end of the second sentence. Insert the following sentence: The Executive Committee will make the final selection of the Audie Murphy Award. The award need not be given each year, and no more than one award will made in any given year. Comment: The Awards Committee will continue to make all other Awards. By-laws Section VI: Standing Committees 6.6 Public Relations Delete Present Reading: Public Relations. The committee will inform Army veterans, active duty members and the public about the Society, its purposes and activities. The Chair will work with the Executive Committee and Membership Committee in preparing news releases pertaining to Society meetings and activities. Replace with Public Relations. The committee shall inform Army veterans, active duty members and the public about the Society, its purposes and activities. The Chair shall have authority to work with other military groups and, at his/her discretion, to develop and place reciprocal notices in publications of interest to veterans and to our military. Reciprocal adds, when negotiated, shall be referred to the Society President who will make the final decision regarding content and placement. The Public Relations Chair shall not have authority to release any proprietary information on the Society or its members. In the case of all other ads, the Chair will work with the Executive Committee and the Membership committee in preparing news releases pertaining to Society meetings and activities. All expenditures must be permitted by the budget. SECTION IX 9.2a Substitute the following for the existing section: The Honorary President and Honorary Vice-President will receive copies of the Watch and will not be charged dues while serving in these positions. Comment: This treats the Honorary President and Honorary Vice President the same. 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18 Lithuanian Medal Of Honor Recipient Stanley Bender honored by Balzekas Museum The Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture in Chicago, Illinois has prepared an exhibit of the Congressional Medal of Honor awarded to Stanley Bender of the 7th Infantry, 3rd Division, on January 21, This medal and other memorabilia were donated to the museum in 2006 by Stanley s widow Marie. Stanley Bender is the only Lithuanian-American to have received this medal. The museum s quarterly publication, The Lithuanian Museum Review, in its April-June 2006 issue, featured an article about the display and about Stanley Bender and the bravery that earned him the medal. This article prompted Sergeant Charles Stonis of Palos Heights, Illinois, also a Lithuanian- American and an early 1960 s era veteran who served in Germany with the 3rd Infantry Division, 2nd Battalion, to contact the museum and to ask that it be sent to your journal. Mr. Stonis also graciously donated to the museum the unit insignia of the 7th Infantry (a crest with cotton bale decoration and the motto Volens et Potens } and the patch of the 3rd Infantry Division in the form of a blue and white striped shield (which appears on your society s insignia). We are grateful to him for these items and plan to add them to our display for the formal opening ceremonies in the near future. In addition, Mr. Stonis brought us copies of your publication and some historical information about the 7th Infantry. We are also pleased that he acquainted us with your society. Your ID Number Dues Date: Paid until date shown or LIFE Stanley Balzekas, President of the Balzekas Museum (left) and Sgt. Charles Stonis, veteran of the 3ID. Check your label Stanley Bender is the only Lithuanian- American to have received the Medal of Honor. The Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture has been serving the community for 40 years as the largest resource outside of Lithuania itself for research and Outpost Affiliation *************************************************5 Digit 3928 June 2007 OP 3 ER ALTA MILLING 4738 DATURA RD COLUMBIA SC DELIVERY POINT BARCODE Check your name and address ( Apt./Bldg/Lot No.). Notify the Membership Chairman if you find an error. If your zip code does not contain 9 digits (zip+4), your address is not correct according to the USPS. Contact your local Post Office for proper format. Region: ER = Eastern, CR = Central, WR = Western Important: If barcode does not extend across full label, your zip code does not have 9 digits and your address is not correct according to the USPS. Contact your local Post Office for proper format. This medal and other memorabilia were donated to the museum in 2006 by Stanley s widow Marie. enjoyment of Lithuanian culture and history. The museum has many departments of interest, among them Genealogy, History, Rare Books, Maps and Manuscripts, Fine Art, Folk Art, Photos, Stamps and Coins, the Children s Museum, and a special exhibit War after War about the anti-nazi and anti-communist resistance during and after World War II. It also sponsors activities such as cultural tours to Lithuania, classes in language and crafts, lectures and film screenings. The Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture is located in Chicago at 6500 S. Pulaski Avenue, and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week. Giedre Gillespie Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture 6500 S. Pulaski Road Chicago, Illinois Phone (773) FAX (773) Page 18 The Watch on the Rhine

19 Chicago Museum Acquires Stanley Bender Congressional Medal Of Honor On August 17, 1944 near La Londe, France, Bender went far beyond the call of duty and earned the nickname The One-Man Army. By Frank Passic, Numismatic Curator, Balzekas Museum One special item in the military orders and decorations collection at the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture is the U.S. Congressional Medal of Honor awarded to Stanley Bender, who is the only Lithuanian to earn this prestigious award. Bender was born October 13, 1909 in Carlisle, West Virginia, and died June 22, He was the son of Lithuanian immigrants Andrew and Eva Bendorius. Bender grew up in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, and eventually settled in Chicago, Illinois, where he worked as a Yellow Cab driver. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army in During World War II, he served as a Staff Sergeant with Company E, 7th U.S. Infantry, 3rd Division. On August 17, 1944 near La Londe, France, Bender went far beyond the call of duty and earned the nickname The One-Man Army. The story of his bravery is quoted here from the official citation given with the Medal: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life, above and beyond the call of duty, in action involving actual conflict. On August 17, 1944, near La Londe, France, Staff Sergeant Bender climbed on top of a knocked out tank, in the face of withering machine gun fire which had halted the advance of his company, in an effort to locate the source of this fire. Although bullets ricocheted off the turret at his feet, Staff Sergeant Bender nevertheless remained standing bolt upright in full view of the enemy for over two minutes. Locating the enemy machine guns on a knoll 200 yards away, he ordered two squads to cover him and led his men down an irrigation ditch, running a gauntlet of intense machine gun fire, which completely blanketed 50 yards of his advance and wounded four of his men. While the Germans hurled hand grenades at the ditch, Staff Sergeant Bender stood his ground until his squad caught up with him; then advanced alone, in a wide, flanking approach, to the rear of the knoll. He walked deliberately a distance of 40 yards without cover in full view of the Germans and under a hail of both enemy and friendly fire to the first machine gun and knocked it out with a single short burst. Then he made his way through the strongpoint, despite bursting hand grenades, toward the second machine gun, 25 yards distant. As he neared it, its two man crew swung the machine gun around and fired two bursts at him, but Staff Sergeant Bender walked calmly through the fire, and, reaching the edge of the emplacement, dispatched the crew. Signaling his men to rush the rifle pits, he then walked 35 yards further to kill an enemy rifleman and returned to lead his squad in the destruction of the eight remaining Germans in the stongpoint. His audacity so inspired the remainder of the assault company that the men charged out of their positions, shouting and yelling, to overpower the enemy roadblock and sweep into town, knocking out two anti-tank guns, killing 37 Germans and capturing 26 others. Staff Sergeant Bender had sparked and led the assault company in an attack which overwhelmed the enemy, destroying a roadblock, taking a town, seizing intact three bridges over the Maravenne River, and, finally, capturing commanding terrain which dominated the area. For his extraordinary bravery, Bender was presented the U.S. Congressional Medal of Honor on January 21, 1945 by 7th Army commanding general, Lt. General Alexander M. Patch, Jr. That same year he was discharged and married his wife Marie (also a native of Carlisle, West Virginia). He subsequently returned to his home state, West Virginia where he was employed as a representative of the Veteran s Administration at the hospital in Beckley, West Virginia until his retirement. The medal itself features a silver fivepointed star, with a green wreath underneath. The legend in the star reads United States of America. In the very center is featured the head of the goddess Minerva, representing wisdom and a righteous war. Above the star and wreath is a gold horizontal bar containing the word VALOR. Above that also in gold is the American eagle. The blue ribbon contains 13 white stars. On the reverse, the horizontal bar is engraved THE CONGRESS TO. The star/goddess reverse is engraved STAN- LEY BENDER 3835 So. CALIF AVE. CHICAGO, ILL. Bender is interred in High Lawn Memorial Park in Oak Hill, West Virginia. His bronze plaque contains a reproduction of the Medal star/wreath above his name, and the words MEDAL OF HONOR. Bender s gravesite is listed on the website. On the home page, on the left, click on Famous Grave Search. In the box provided, type in Stanley Bender, and click Search on the right. You ll then get his name on the left along with the first lines of his biography. Click on his name, and you ll then get his full listing. You are welcome to leave notes and virtual flowers on this website in remembrance of Mr. Bender. In 2006, Stanley s widow Marie graciously donated this precious award as well as the original presentation box, to the Balzekas Museum. It is being placed on display for both the present and future generations to learn about and appreciate the bravery of this Lithuanian-American hero of World War II. 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20 Memoirs Cannon Company Cannon Company organization started at Ft. Ord, CA, before we left for Camp Pickett in Don Downard was the Commanding Officer (Captain) and Clarence Bud Gilbert (then 1st Lt.) was the Executive Officer. Both were infantry officers who had previously served in other units of the 15th Inf. Regt. As a reservist, Downard had previously administrated and commanded a CCC unit before WW2. Gilbert became Cannon Company CO after Downard. Personnel to fill the company came from infantry, artillery, and some new men assigned to the Regiment. I was assigned to Cannon Company immediately after we arrived at Camp Pickett. I was promoted to 1st Lt. before we left for Fedala. I was made Company Supply Officer and given command of the 3rd platoon. Sgt. Cerconi was the Platoon Sgt. I was an infantry officer. My first duties as Supply Officer were to work with the Supply Sgt. In drawing supplies, parts and equipment that had not been issued previously to the company. This was a day and night task. Before leaving for Newport News to board the Ancon, three additional officers were assigned, all 2nd lieutenants, who had had artillery training at Ft. Sill, namely Bill Burud, Floyd Cloninger, and Jim Luttrell. At Pickett training and familiarity with weapons ensued, and included physical training, calisthenics, and runs. At night, enlisted drivers taught officers how to run the M-7s and the half-tracks. We started with a platoon of two M-7s with 105 Howitzers mounted thereon. These had some armor, full tracks, and a 50 caliber M.G. The other platoons had half-tracks with 75 Howitzers mounted and a light armor shield, also having a 50 Caliber M.G. on each. Cannon Co. was designed so the regiment would have its own close artillery support that could be called on for an immediate response. The full tracks and half-tracks with the 105 mm and 75 mm Howitzers gave some desired mobility. Initially plans called for Cannon Company to advance with the infantry and endure exposure. We did need By Jerome Sapiro defilade to protect vehicles and personnel. More armor, more speed, and flat trajectory weapons might have led to other and expanded uses. As you know we got the M-8s after Sicily. We still had the M-7s and the halftracks when the landing Licata occurred. Our company loaded on the good ship Ancon for the Casablanca landings, landing at Fedala, French Morocco, as part of the Division Reserve. Clayton Craig (of another unit) was the troop-loading officer for units embarking on the Ancon. The landing was a ship to small boats to land operation. On the 4th day at sea, we learned where we were going. Officers learned first, and then gave their unit personnel all available information. We did get some maps that revealed the landing was supposed to be between the Wadi Nefifi and the Wadi Mellah. Point Blondin was an enemy strong point to be tackled by H Company of the 30th Inf. Regt. The Jean Bart (a French Navy vessel at dockside in Casablanca) was to be neutralized by Navy gunfire. Both of those missions were successful. A tremendous Naval gun preparation for the landing ensued while we were still on board. When we were at sea, a new weapon was revealed the bazooka, an anti-tank weapon for the infantry. Liberino Tufarolo, a 15th Inf. Lieutenant, volunteered and was first to fire the bazooka. Bill Burud had had artillery training and was very proficient. On the Ancon, Bill taught me much about artillery and the firing problems. He showed me how to work out problems on paper, for which I am ever grateful. When Cannon Company vehicles were unloaded from the Ancon, a half-track with 75mm and 50-caliber MG from the 3rd Platoon (mine) was the first to be unloaded. Hence, I went with the first vehicle and its personnel. We were lowered into a landing craft that carried only the one vehicle (not like the LCTVs that carried us to Sicily). The Navy man who piloted us did not get us close enough to shore when he told us to move out. The vehicle went directly into a hole and was wedged there. We could not move it forward or backward, and the Navy craft took off. I stood on the gun tube and was ankle deep in water. The gear within the half-track started to float, so we kept the doors shut to preserve the gear. We were still stuck in full daylight when an enemy plane flew over but did not attack us. Our man on the 50-caliber was alert and ready. We waded ashore with personal equipment as well as what we secured in the almost submerged half-track. George Reveille, the Beach Master for Division, gave the men a place to bed down for the night, and I went to contact the Navy (with one of the vehicle crew). It was dark, but we found responsible people and it was decided that they would furnish amphibious tanks at about 1 A.M. to get the half-track out and ashore. At about that time, 3 amphibious tanks linked in series pulled the half-track out of the hole and helped it get to where it could move ashore under its own power. The halftrack literally spit fire, its sea or water proof exhaust pipe turned white hot as it moved. We joined parts of our platoon near an old French Foreign Legion post. The company got into position to fire on, or in the direction of Casablanca. It rained that night, our 2nd night ashore. We dug in and slept in our foxholes. I recall Lt. Cloninger calling me from about ten yards away. We left our watery foxholes and chatted while he had a smoke and then went back to our foxholes. It is noteworthy that the entire vehicle crew worked on the half-track that had been submerged and damaged by salt water in Morocco and later in Algeria. They had it in good shape to make the Sicilian landing. Their effort was such that I put the entire crew in for a Legion of Merit. For whatever reason, it was not awarded but the job they did should have gotten recognition. Outside Casablanca, we were given a mission to patrol at night and make contact with an infantry company at Tit Melil. Each night we rotated platoons in this task. The platoon leader would go first in his jeep with the 3 half-tracks following in column. They looked for the flash of sniper fire. The first half-track had its 75 pointed over the head of jeep driver and platoon leader. The second vehicle covered the right front side and the third vehicle covered the left side. We made no contact so duty was uneventful. Another mission assigned to us in French Morocco required us to take a position south Page 20 The Watch on the Rhine

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